Last updated on May 3rd, 2022
Spiral staircase cost guide
Whether you’re replacing an old staircase, extending your property or you want to create a stylish focal point in a room, a spiral staircase can be a great addition to your home.
We spoke to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This guide features estimated average costs from them for spiral staircase installations.
How much does it cost to install a spiral staircase?
Pricing for a spiral staircase varies depending on a number of factors, including:
- Size of the staircase
- The complexity of the structure (prices for bespoke curved/spiral staircase prices can be considerably higher)
- Type and quality of materials
- Access to the space
- Region (spiral staircase installations cost more in some parts of the UK than others)
|Spiral staircase costs||Range - Low||Range - High||Average|
|Wood spiral staircase (materials)||£1,000||£7,500||£4,000|
|Metal spiral staircase (materials)||£900||£15,000||£7,950|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
An average metal spiral staircase will cost you about £7,950. While a wood spiral staircase costs around £4,000.
In addition to the price of the spiral staircase itself (which can vary from £900 to over £15,000), you also need to factor in labour costs for the installation on top. The average labour cost for installing a spiral staircase is around £1,500.
In general, the prices at the lower end of the spectrum are for spiral staircases that are pre-made and can be bought off-the-shelf.
Spiral staircase installation cost calculator
To calculate the cost of a spiral staircase, you’ll first need to decide the size, style, and material of the spiral staircase you want for your home. Once you know that, you can find out the material costs of the staircase itself. On top of that, you then need to add the labour cost of both removing your existing staircase (if necessary) and then installing your spiral staircase.
In addition to the material, here are the other factors that would affect your spiral staircase installation cost.
- The height of the staircase: You’ll pay more for a staircase that goes up two floors than one that goes up a single floor.
- The height of the risers: Risers are the vertical bits that connect the back of the step to the front of the next higher step. If your risers are low, you’ll need more steps, which will increase the price of materials. Higher risers will mean fewer steps.
- The diameter of the spiral: The larger the diameter, the wider your steps will be. You’ll need more material for wider steps.
- Tread width: If you want thicker treads, that will translate to more material cost.
- Balustrade and handrail: The type, quality, and design of these will affect your overall spiral staircase costs.
To get accurate costs for your spiral staircase project, speak to local staircase specialists for quotes and a detailed breakdown of the costs involved.
Spiral staircase installation quote
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Spiral staircase installation hourly rates
The price of installing a spiral staircase is often quoted for the project as a whole, rather than at an hourly rate. You can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £1,000 – £2,000 for the labour of installing a spiral staircase, depending on the nature and complexity of the project.
Benefits of adding a spiral staircase to your home
As well as being an affordable alternative to regular staircases, there are a whole host of other benefits of having a spiral staircase:
Thanks to their steeper incline, spiral staircases generally take up a lot less space than traditional staircases.
More light in the room
With a less dense structure, most spiral staircases are designed in a way that means you can let in more light.
Can be installed (almost) anywhere
Spiral staircases are freestanding structures built around a central column, so they don’t rely on needing a wall for their positioning.
A stylish focal point
Who doesn’t love the look of a spiral staircase? They look great and come in so many different styles that you can find a design to fit almost any home.
Types of spiral staircase styles available
Once you’ve decided on a spiral staircase, you need to choose the type that suits the style of your home and your budget. Your options include:
Metal spiral staircases
Metal spiral staircases tend to be the most popular style with British homeowners. Stainless steel and wrought iron are among the most common types you’ll find.
Stainless steel spiral staircases
Generally, a cost-effective option that also has lots of flexibility in the design, including decorative spindles and various handrail options.
Wrought iron spiral staircases
Wrought iron spiral staircases are the perfect addition to traditional or Victorian-style homes. They are well-known for their ornate details and decorative balusters. They’re often paired with wooden tread covers and a handrail to create a stylish effect.
Average metal spiral staircase cost: £7,950
Wood spiral staircases
Wood spiral staircases come in a variety of styles, and generally, gives a more traditional look to your home, both inside and out.
Average wood spiral staircase cost: £4,000
Oak spiral staircase
If you’re opting for a wooden spiral staircase, you’d find that hardwood is more durable. And, of all the hardwoods, oak is the most popular choice. Since hardwoods are more expensive than softwoods, you’d spend around £3,000 – £7,500 on an oak spiral staircase.
Glass spiral staircases
Glass spiral staircases can add an impressive wow-factor to your home. Completely transparent steps enable more light to pass through the structure than with any other spiral staircase.
External spiral staircases
Spiral staircases aren’t just suitable for indoors, you can also have specially designed outdoor spiral staircases. To withstand the elements of being outside, outdoor versions tend to be made from galvanized steel or are aluminium powder coated to avoid corrosion. Timber staircases are also popular for the garden.
How long does it take to install a spiral staircase?
The time it takes to install a spiral staircase will depend on the size and complexity of the staircase itself. On average it should take 2 to 3 days. If the space is difficult to access or the staircase is complex to install then installation may take longer.
Additional costs to consider
In addition to materials and labour for the spiral staircase installation, there are other costs that you’ll need to factor in:
- Cost of removing your existing staircase (if there is one)
- Finishing and decorating
Can I fit a spiral staircase myself?
If you’re a confident and accomplished DIY enthusiast you might want to save money by installing the spiral staircase yourself. You’ll avoid labour costs but we’d always recommend consulting with a professional staircase installer first.
Ensuring the spiral staircase is installed safely and securely is extremely important. If in doubt, we highly recommend hiring a local staircase expert.
Useful spiral staircase checklist
- Do your research and decide if a spiral staircase is the right choice for you and your home.
- Speak with local spiral staircase experts to get advice and accurate pricing.
- When choosing the style, make sure you choose a design that is in keeping with the rest of the space that it will be in.
- When hiring a local spiral staircase expert, remember to shop around for fair and competitive prices, and always choose a tradesperson with proven experience and accreditations.